China prepares to strike back as US trade war intensifies

By Nick Beams, 7 April 2018

At a briefing with reporters in Beijing Friday evening, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the US move was “extremely wrong” and China was preparing to retaliate.

Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms

By Eric London, 7 April 2018

A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of “all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens.”

US sanctions target Russian officials and businessmen

By Andre Damon, 7 April 2018

Even as the US-UK narrative of the alleged poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain falls apart, Washington continues to escalate its provocative anti-Russian campaign.

US escalates anti-Russia campaign as contradictions mount in Skripal narrative

The lies of the imperialist powers over the Skripal affair unravel

UK security review exposes militarist agenda behind Russian Novichok allegations

JPMorgan CEO threatens rate hikes to break wages movement by US workers

By Barry Grey, 7 April 2018

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned of rising wages and raised the possibility of a sharp rise in interest rates to put a brake on economic growth and drive up unemployment.

Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state Senate passes derisory funding bill

By Will Morrow, 7 April 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

Oklahoma teachers discuss Internet censorship and the unification of workers struggles across the US

Visit wsws.org/endcensorship to register for the April 22 conference "The Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship".

Teachers’ rebellion continues in Oklahoma and across the US

Build rank-and-file committees to unite with teachers in Arizona and Kentucky!
Mobilize the working class behind striking Oklahoma educators!

New York City bus drivers support striking Oklahoma teachers

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 7 April 2018

New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.

“We need to take inspiration from their courage”
Autoworkers speak in support of teachers struggle

More on US teachers »

Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy on Gaza border claims more lives

By Jean Shaoul, 7 April 2018

Approximately 10,000 Palestinians took part in the second “March of Return” protest yesterday, with rallies called for Friday evening and Saturday in cities in the US, Britain, France and elsewhere in Europe.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont released from German prison

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2018

Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.

US and South Korea hold war games ahead of talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2018

While scaled back, the joint exercises still involve 300,000 troops and advanced weaponry amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

UK: Metropolitan Police admit role in construction blacklist

By Paul Bond, 7 April 2018

As police admitted involvement in the blacklisting of building workers, around 60 campaigners and victims walked out of the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry, angered over a continuing cover-up.

Charities work with UK Home Office to deport rough sleepers

London residents draw connection between Grenfell and Kemerovo fires

By our reporters, 7 April 2018

The WSWS spoke to London residents about the fire in Kemerovo, Russia that claimed at least 64 lives.

UK: Grenfell fire inquiry withholds vital evidence from the bereaved and survivors

Grenfell Tower combustible cladding was never tested

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Canada’s trade union-backed Liberal government clamps down on steel and aluminum imports

By Roger Jordan, 7 April 2018

Trudeau’s protectionist measures, which help enforce Trump’s trade war tariffs, include corporatist initiatives aimed at further integrating the unions with big business and the state.

Trump steps up trade war with proposal for further tariffs on Chinese goods

EPA head Scott Pruitt subject of growing demands for removal over open corruption

By Matthew Taylor, 7 April 2018

Pruitt has personified the close ties between big business and the political system throughout his career.

Maldives president ends state of emergency

By Rohantha De Silva, 7 April 2018

President Yameen withdrew the draconian emergency law a day after trumped-up terrorism charges were filed against his chief political opponents.

New in French

Le capitalisme et la révolution de l’intelligence artificielle

Andre Damon, 7 avril 2018

La collaboration de Google avec le programme de meurtre par drones du gouvernement américain exprime la façon dont le développement de l’intelligence artificielle, avec son vaste potentiel pour l’enrichissement de l’humanité, est détourné par le capitalisme.

New in Russian

Учитель из Северной Калифорнии была отправлена в вынужденный отпуск после проведения в классе дискуссии о школьных акциях протеста

Дэн Конвей, 7 апреля 2018 г.

Учитель истории в средней школе города Роклин Джулианна Бензел была подвергнута наказанию после проведения на уроке дискуссии о протестах против массовых расстрелов в американских школах.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Саммит Клинтона-Ельцина разрабатывает план распродажи российской экономики

7 апреля 2018 г.

4 апреля 1993 года на саммите, проведенном в канадском Ванкувере, президент США Билл Клинтон выразил свою полную политическую поддержку российскому президенту Борису Ельцину. Одновременно он предложил более 1 миллиарда долларов помощи в обмен на гарантии разграбления того, что осталось от общественного богатства Советского Союза.

New in Turkish

Kapitalizm ve yapay zeka devrimi

Andre Damon, 7 Nisan 2018

3.000’den fazla Google çalışanı, şirketin insansız hava aracı suikastları programıyla işbirliğine karşı tavır alan bir mektup imzaladı.

Trump Suriye’den çekilme konusunda önceden söylediklerinin tersini savunuyor

Patrick Martin, 7 Nisan 2018

Trump’ın Beyaz Sarayı, ABD’nin Suriye politikasında ve askerlerin çekilmesi konusunda bir değişiklik olmadığını duyurdu.

Rus televizyonunun Troçki dizisi: Aşağılık bir tarihsel çarpıtma ve Musevi karşıtlığı gösterisi

Fred Williams ve David North, 7 Nisan 2018

Bu dizi, herhangi bir kalıcı öneme sahip olmamakla birlikte, Rus yönetiminin ve oligarşik seçkinlerinin Ekim Devrimi’ne yönelik korkusunun ve nefretinin bir göstergesidir

New in Norwegian

Protestene mot skoleskytinger og veksten av klassekampen

Joseph Kishore, 24 March 2018

Den samtidige utviklingen av en bevegelse blant arbeidere og skoleungdom varsler et vesentlig utbrudd av sosial konflikt og klassekamp i USA og internasjonalt.

Russland etter valget: Rop om «reformer» og forhandlinger med imperialistmaktene blir høyere innen oligarkiet

Clara Weiss, 24 March 2018

Det russiske oligarkiet ser Putins valgseier først og fremst som en styrking av sin stilling i de desperate forsøkene på å få en forhandlingsløsning med amerikansk og europeisk imperialisme.

USA truer Kina med handelskrig

Nick Beams, 23 March 2018

Trump-administrasjonen har foreslått investeringsforbud rettet mot 10 viktige kinesiske bransjer og har utarbeidet en liste over mer enn 1000 produkter som kan rammes.

Tyske Bundestag følger ytrehøyrekursen til Alternative für Deutschland

Peter Schwarz, 23 March 2018

Det sentrale tema i Bundestag-debatten om det nye regjeringsprogrammet var avgrensning og deportasjon av flyktninger.

En WSWS-analyse fra innledningen av Putins første presidentperiode
Politiske og historiske årsaker for Russlands angrep på Tsjetsjenia

Redaksjonsrådet, 17 January 2000

Denne artikkelen publiserte WSWS for atten år siden og den postes i kontekst av det nylig avholdte presidentvalget i Russland. Mye vann har rent i havet, men innhold og analyse står ved lag.

New in German

Künstliche Intelligenz und Kapitalismus

Andre Damon, 7. April 2018

Die Mitwirkung von Google am Drohnenmordprogramm der US-Regierung ist ein Beispiel dafür, wie die rasanten Fortschritte der künstlichen Intelligenz im Kapitalismus zum Schaden statt zum Nutzen der Menschheit verwendet werden.

Whistleblower Falciani auf Schweizer Antrag in Spanien verhaftet

Marianne Arens, 7. April 2018

Der Whistleblower Hervé Falciani, der Steuerhinterziehung in tausenden Fällen entlarvte, muss seine Auslieferung in die Schweiz befürchten. Dies könnte Teil eines Deals sein, der auf die Auslieferung zweier katalanischer Politikerinnen hinausläuft.

Puigdemont aus Gefängnis entlassen

Ulrich Rippert, 7. April 2018

Am Donnerstagabend entschied das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) in Schleswig, Puigdemont nicht wegen des Vorwurfs der Rebellion an Spanien auszuliefern.

Trump verschärft Handelskrieg und erhöht Zölle auf chinesische Waren

Nick Beams, 7. April 2018

Das Weiße Haus behauptet, die neue Verordnung sei eine Vergeltungsmaßnahme für chinesische Zölle auf amerikanische Importe – wobei China seinerseits auf frühere Maßnahmen Trumps reagiert.

Fünf Jahre seit dem Streik der Schulbusfahrer in New York

Philip Guelpa, 7. April 2018

Der Streik von fast 9.000 New Yorker Schulbusarbeitern im Jahr 2013 stellt gerade für die jetzigen weltweiten Arbeitskämpfe im Bildungsbereich und darüber hinaus entscheidende Erfahrungen und Prinzipien für den Aufbau von eigenständigen Basiskomitees der Arbeiter bereit, um den Kampf in die eigenen Hände zu nehmen.

New in Spanish

El capitalismo y la revolución de la inteligencia artificial

Por Andre Damon, 7 abril 2018

La colaboración de Google en el programa de asesinatos con drones del Gobierno estadounidense expresa cómo está siendo corrompido el rápido desarrollo de las tecnologías de inteligencia artificial y su enorme potencial para el enriquecimiento de la humanidad.

Cincuenta años del asesinato de Martin Luther King Jr.

Por Fred Mazelis, 7 abril 2018

La vida de Martin Luther King Jr., al igual que su prematura muerte, suscitan interrogantes que no han perdido su urgencia en cinco décadas.

La rebelión de los docentes continúa en Oklahoma y en todo EUA

Por Jerry White, 7 abril 2018

Según llega la huelga de los maestros en Oklahoma a su quinto día, las protestas, los paros y las demandas de huelgas estatales se están expandiendo en Kentucky, Arizona y otros estados.

Estados Unidos intensifica su campaña antirrusa a medida que se acumulan las contradicciones de la trama Skripal

Por Mike Head, 7 abril 2018

Yulia Skripal dijo que ella y su padre se recuperan rápido, generando más dudas sobre las alegaciones de que estuvo involucrado un gas nervioso “de calidad armamentística” en el envenenamiento de los Skripal.

Empleados de Google demandan concluir la participación de la empresa en los asesinatos con drones

Por Andre Damon, 7 abril 2018

Más de 3.000 empleados firmaron una carta denunciando la participación de la compañía en las operaciones criminales del ejército estadounidense y en “el negocio de la guerra”.

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Perspective

Fifty years after May-June 1968, the class struggle erupts in France

7 April 2018

With growing opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s labour decrees, the class struggle in Europe is entering a new and explosive stage.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats

7 April 2018

Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

Commentary

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in the teachers’ strikes

By Tom Hall, 7 April 2018

In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a “left” cover.

Capitalism and the artificial intelligence revolution

By Andre Damon, 6 April 2018

Google workers demand end to company’s involvement in drone murder

The New York Times on race and class
What determines social mobility in America?
Part two

By Eric London, 6 April 2018

The New York Times on race and class: What determines social mobility in America?
Part one

Fifty years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The New York Times takes on the social media “hordes”

By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018

Trump administration announces National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 5 April 2018

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

Arts Review

Japanese animation filmmaker Isao Takahata, director of Grave of the Fireflies, dies at 82

By Elle Chapman and David Walsh, 7 April 2018

Takahata, one of Japan’s most influential animation filmmakers and co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli, died from lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital April 5. We repost a review of his Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
Brothers (1929) and Comradeship (1931): Two films dealing with the workers movement

By Bernd Reinhardt, 6 April 2018

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
A fresh look at German cinema in the Weimar Republic era (1919-1933)

Babylon Berlin: A lavish television series about 1920s’ Germany

The controversy surrounding the Roseanne television series

By David Walsh, 4 April 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

By Alex González, 5 April 2018

The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

Oklahoma teacher: “With social media we can organize without somebody telling us what to do”

As striking teachers in the US are using social media to communicate across state boundaries, the ruling class is censoring the Internet.

Visit wsws.org/endcensorship to register for the April 22 conference “The Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship.”

Journalists, filmmakers, artists demand end to persecution of Julian Assange

2 April 2018

Why has Ecuador silenced Julian Assange?

“The people are behind you!”
Students, faculty and staff at University of Michigan oppose persecution of Julian Assange

April 8, public meeting in Chennai, India
Oppose Internet censorship! Defend freedom of speech!

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

More on Internet censorship » »

Socialist Equality Party

Halt the thuggery of non-academic union bureaucrats against WSWS reporters

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2018

A WSWS journalist and photographer was violently attacked by union officials at a meeting of striking non-academic employees in the Colombo suburbs on March 27.

SEP 2018 election campaign

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

3 April 2018

David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.

New dates in Newark and Tracy
Public meetings in California: The Socialist Equality Party campaign in the 2018 midterm elections

3 April 2018

Workers Struggles

Windsor, Ontario casino workers strike after voting down sellout deal

By Carl Bronski, 7 April 2018

The one-sided rejection of yet another contract recommended by Unifor is further indication of the growing rebellion by workers against the official trade unions.

More than 3,000 striking employees shut down Sri Lanka’s international airport
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 April 2018

The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

Strikes by railway workers and aircrews paralyze France

By our correspondents, 4 April 2018

Teachers across the UK vote for industrial action

By Thomas Scripps, 4 April 2018

Education Fightback Forum

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds online meeting for education workers and students

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

Education Fightback forum hears special needs teacher: “A 30 percent increase in class size with the same level of staffing”

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

Education Fightback forum:UK lecturer speaks on casualisation of Higher Education sector

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

25 years ago: Clinton-Yeltsin summit works out plan for selloff of Russian economy

In an April 4, 1993 summit held in Vancouver, US President Bill Clinton offered strong political support to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, as well as more than $1 billion in aid in exchange for the guarantees on the plunder of what remained of the social wealth of the Soviet Union.

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50 years ago: Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated

At 6:01 p.m., on April 4, 1968, civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr., was shot by an assassin while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had gone in support of a strike of sanitation workers.

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75 years ago: Hitler and Mussolini meet amid deepening crisis of Axis forces

On April 8, 1943, the German and Italian fascist leaders, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and military commanders from the two nations, met in Salzburg, Austria, amid a deepening crisis of Axis forces in the Second World War.

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100 years ago: German-born coal miner lynched in Illinois

At 12:30 a.m., April 5, 1918, Robert Prager, a German-born coal miner, was strung to a tree and hung until dead by a crowd estimated at 200 near the southern Illinois mining town of Collinsville.

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WSWS 20th Anniversary Fund

Donate to support coverage of mass rallies!

The WSWS and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) organized real-time social media news coverage of the mass rallies against the epidemic of school shootings in the US, and provided a political perspective for a new generation of workers and young people entering into political life.

Donate now so that we can continue this work!

Protest Against School Shootings in the US

Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States

By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018

“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”
California: Protesters denounce war and social inequality

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

“I am motivated to make that change for our future generations”
Students, youth speak about war, inequality at DC March for Our Lives rally

“No more wars, no more violence!”
Over 80,000 youth and students in Chicago protest against mass violence

The international significance of the March for Our Lives demonstrations

By Eric London, 26 March 2018

The protests against school shootings and the growth of the class struggle

Now available from Mehring Books
New pamphlet: The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018

There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.

NHS Fightback

NHS FightBack: Reject health trade unions’ sellout NHS pay deal!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party, 23 March 2018

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History

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.

The CIA and the Democratic Party

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2018

The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year’s congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.

The CIA Democrats: Part one
Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! Take up the fight for socialism!

By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) distributed the following statement at university orientation week events across Australia and in New Zealand.

Twenty years of the WSWS

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Autoworkers Struggles

Four months since the death of a young Ford worker
Still no serious investigation into death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 22 February 2018